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Don't Miss February 2013

Family-friendly movies and games everyone's talking about.

Donald McDermott

Worldly Flick

Brendan Fraser is the voice of Scorch Supernova in the new Weinstein Co. release Escape from Planet Earth. The computer-animated adventure finds space hero Scorch defending his planet Beeb against the evil villain Shanker. The movie blasts into theaters on February 14.

Ready, Set, Scream!

Lace up your skates and get ready for Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze. Available for the Nintendo DS, the game lets players pick their favorite character and assemble a team of friends to join them as they skate through the catacombs of Monster High. Designed to promote teamwork and good sportsmanship, the title comes complete with monstrous obstacles, game play modes, skill settings and a variety of themes.

Get a Clue

Cartoon Network releases The Amazing World of Gumball- The Mystery. The DVD offers 12 hilarious episodes from season one. The list includes the feature episode “The Mystery,” where everyone is a suspect and the outcome is something that could only happen in the world of Gumball. Pick up a copy today.

Tunes and Tales

An international early childhood music education program, Music Together releases its brand-new Singalong Storybook. Specially designed to encourage family time and pre-literacy learning, One Little Owl is a delightful 32-page discovery that includes an engaging story, a free song download, activity suggestions and more. Starting February 14, copies are available for purchase at www.musictogether.com/storybooks and at www.amazon.com.

Lots of Love

Big Idea Entertainment presents VeggieTales: Lettuce Love One Another. The DVD includes three popular episodes about love, as well as five new Bible Bits— story shorts that demonstrate examples of giving, forgiving, helping, praying and sharing. The title is available on February 19. To purchase a copy, visit www.amazon.com.

App-reciating Nemo

One of Disney Pixar’s biggest movie hits is now an educational application for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Numbers with Nemo uses an interactive story to assist kids in practicing early math skills, such as counting, tracing numbers and sequencing. The app also offers helpful offline activities for parents and caregivers. Find it today in the Education Category of Apple’s App Store.

Fired Up

A single father and fireman fights for love in the Hallmark Channel original movie Be My Valentine. The heartwarming holiday romance focuses on widowed firefighter Dan Ferrell, whose life is dramatically changed when his team responds to a call at a local flower shop a few weeks before February 14. Airing on February 9, the flick stars William Baldwin, Natalie Brown and Christian Martyn.

Ghost Story

It’s up to a team of science-savvy teens to tidy up the neighborhood in Ghost Trap. The thrilling and chilling DVD from Inception Media Group follows Cynthia Carter, who finds herself doing community service in a house that is rumored to be haunted. The family-friendly movie is available on February 12.

Start It Up

Enter a world of action and adventure with the Skylanders Giants Starter Kit. Presented by Activision, the pack comes complete with the Skylanders Giants video game, Portal of Power, three figurines, a character collection poster, sticker sheets with secret codes and three trading cards. Order the set for the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Triple Threat

Give your family the gift of love come Valentine’s Day with Barney Loves You. The three-DVD set from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment features everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur and all of his playground friends. Viewers explore friendship and family through imagination, song and dance.

This column appeared in the February 2013 issue.